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Gavin Strong: Family Members Raise Money for Research
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 10, 2014 @ 7:43PM
Created on May 10, 2014 @ 7:36PM

Over 91,000 kids die from childhood cancer each year, and one local mother who lost her son to cancer is trying to lower this number. She wants to make sure other families don't go through what she did by raising money for research.

Gavin Morris was a 4-year old boy from Bridgeport. Family members describe him as a little boy who loved to watch movies and be with his family. In March, he lost his battle with a very aggressive form of neuroblastoma. His mother, Tosha, has set a goal to raise $1 million  to help research the disease. On Saturday the United Methodist Church in Bridgeport held a Zumbathon in Gavin's honor. A local Zumba instructor was on hand to lead the dancing. But that's not all they had. There was a bake sale, raffle baskets, and Alex's Lemonade Stand.

"We've had so much support from around the whole region and the whole state and even nationwide for Gavin and this cause," said Melinda Petroff, Gavin's great aunt. "It's so important to have communities come together and help children fight this disease, because it's very aggressive in children and it claims a lot of lives."

100% of proceeds from Saturday's event will go to fighting neuroblastoma. For more information, please visit Gavin's website by clicking here.

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